Originally Posted by Strongbow
I like this plane as I do most of the Parkzone line. But, man-o-man! $300.00 for the stock bird and then another $143.00 to install recommended upgrades? This kind of pricing is what has chased me away from parkzone. When I can find comparable birds out there for much less and put my own upgrades in and still be under PZ's stock price, please tell me where my incentive is to by this model. To bad. I really like parkzone stuff and Horizen service is second to none, But you know what they say! "Money talks , and Bull S
I work in a hobby store, and I fully support Parkzone, and other Horizon Hobby lines. Here's why: There is a customer support line where you actually receive support. I can't count the times we've referred customers to them, to hear later that CS sent them replacements free of cost. I bought a Trojan (my fourth!) and it had a dead servo out of the box. I called, and received a replacement in 2 days, no questions asked.
HH still carries replacement parts for their discontinued planes, including the Habu 1. On the other side, I broke a prop on an Asian B-17. Although it is still being sold, replacements were NEVER available. I ultimately found a substitute.
I also buy Asian products, but I know that if a part is broken, I'm either on my own, or in for a long drawn out replacement process, which will undoubtedly cost me money. Basically, the Asian web stores are just warehouses with cardboard boxes, from which you place your order and the appropriate box is routed to you.
Also, frankly, much of the Asian products are of lower quality, or cruder engineering. Just compare the fittings on the recent Pkz Hurricane with a BH or NP offering. The engineering costs are not free.
You can go for lowest cost, or best service, but expecting both will disappoint you.
Me? I'm buying the bare airframe and moving the guts from my Habu 1 into the 2. Can't wait!